Wayne Rooney accepted that Manchester United were not up to the mark after only managing to get a draw against Aston Villa.
Having played for the last half-an-hour against 10 men as Gabriel Agbonlahor was sent off for the home side, United were expected to find a winner and continue their winning streak to seven games but they couldn’t a way through a resolute Villa defence.
A win would have allowed United to close the gap on the leaders down to five points but instead Louis van Gaal’s side were left disappointed as Villa managed to hold out for a draw.
“We’re disappointed” Rooney said. “I thought we were the better team and their goal came against the run of play.”
“We came out for the second-half knowing that we had to push for an early goal, and managed to do that.”
“When they went down to ten men, they put more bodies behind the ball which made it a bit more difficult, but perhaps our final pass or cross wasn’t there. We’ve missed an opportunity today.”
“They knew that after the red card they would have to defend with men behind the ball, and sometimes it can be difficult.”
“It was frustrating, their goal came from a free-kick and deflected into the top corner, but these things happen. We had to lift ourselves and we did well to get the goal after the break, we just couldn’t find a second.”
“We were pushing them and we had good possession, but just couldn’t get a breakthrough. We’re paying the price for that now. It’s important not to lose the game, but we thought we’d done enough to win. We should have got three points, so we’re a bit disappointed and frustrated.”